A majority of the presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have approved amending the Book of Order to include the proposed New Form of Government.
Most Presbyterians worship in congregations that celebrate the Lord’s Supper once a month, and most like that frequency. One-third of ministers, however, would prefer weekly Lord’s Supper celebrations.
These are findings from the February 2009 Presbyterian Panel survey on sacraments.
Three-quarters of members, elders, pastors and non-pastoral ministers are part of a congregation that celebrates the Lord’s Supper once a month. Seven in 10 ministers and three in five members and elders prefer monthly celebrations. On the other hand, one-third of ministers, but only about one in 10 members and elders, would like their congregation to celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly.
As Cuba moves toward a post-Fidel Castro society, its churches are finding ways to “give a Christian witness with integrity” in a state-controlled country that places restrictions on areas of life such as free expression, said the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) after a visit to the Caribbean island.
“Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork.” -- Ulysses Everett McGill in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
While it is not official until the Office of the General Assembly receives notification from presbyteries that have voted, it appears that, as of June 7, 2011, the proposed new Form of Government (FOG) has been approved by a majority of our 173 presbyteries.
While the Office of the General Assembly awaits official tallies, it appears that a majority of the 173 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have approved a new Form of Government.
At its meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Trinity Presbytery became the 87th presbytery to approve an amendment that will replace the current 18-chapter Form of Government with a new version that is six chapters in length. The Form of Government is one section of the Book of Order, which is part of the PC(USA) Constitution.
Politics and behind-the-scenes maneuvering are threatening one Presbyterian ministry group at the University of Wisconsin, but the issue at hand could have a far-reaching effect on religious organizations nationwide.
A film about Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, an 84-year-old man who enrolled in primary school in 2003 so he could learn to read the Bible, has inspired the creation of an educational charity for unprivileged children around the world.
The Rev. Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., announced May 31 that she is leaving an Atlanta-area megachurch whose leader has been embroiled in scandal.
We often hear stories of people doing amazing and heroic things. But what is it that gives them the ability to do things so far outside the norm? How do they tap into knowledge and skills they didn’t realize they had?